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The Lead: Elimination Chamber Highlights Relatively Quiet Weekend

We're looking for reports from tonight's TNA show in Huntington, WV (Bobby Roode vs. Jeff Hardy, James Storm vs. Bully Ray, Gail Kim vs. Tara, Garett Bischoff vs. Gunner with Ric Flair, Samoa Joe & Magnus vs. Crimson & Matt Morgan, Austin Aries vs. Kid Kash and Eric Young & ODB vs. Hernandez & Sarita) and tonight's ROH show in Cincinnati at the Masonic Center (Briscoes vs. Davey Richards & Kyle O'Reilly for tag titles, Jay Lethal vs. B.J. Whitmer, Eddie Edwards vs. Roderick Strong no holds barred, Michael Elgin vs. Adam Cole, Mike Mondo vs. Samson Walker and a one-night tag team tournament with Shiloh Jonze & Rudy Switchblade, Sean Casey & Chris Silvio, Shane Haste & Mikey Nichols and Mike Posey & Corey Hicks). Haste & Nichols were trained out of the Pro Wrestling NOAH dojo.

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The weekend's biggest event is the Elimination Chamber PPV on Sunday from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Only four matches have been announced so far, with John Cena vs. Kane in a loser leaves in an ambulance match, the Raw title chamber match with C.M. Punk vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kofi Kingston vs. R-Truth vs. The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler, the Smackdown title chamber match with Daniel Bryan vs. Big Show vs. Wade Barrett vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Santino Marella vs. Great Khali and a Divas title match with Beth Phoenix vs. Tamina Snuka.

Other than that, it's a quiet weekend as far as live events go. TNA runs tomorrow night in Beckley, WV at the Convention Center and Sunday in Glenville, WV at the State Collage Gym with the same lineup as tonight.

Raw will be live Monday in Minneapolis. Smackdown, which will include stars from Raw, will also be live on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Syfy, The Score and in the U.K. on Sky.

This Week's Observer: Nick Diaz, Inside The Elimination Chamber

The saga of Nick Diaz, his future, and a look at his track record, as well as coverage of Vince Russo being out of TNA, the new IWGP champion, coverage of the TNA and New Japan PPVs, and the latest on Rock, Cena and the road to WrestleMania leads off this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer.

The new issue is up on the web site right now, as is a back issue from 1994.

We look at the plight of Diaz, what his pot use has cost him so far in his career, notes on his failed test, when it was administered, and what the test showed.  We look at the idea of pot testing, what is next for Diaz as far as protocol, possible suspensions, prior athletes in Nevada who have tested positive twice for pot, as well as how this affects Carlos Condit.

We've got more on PPV buys for Diaz vs. Condit, why Condit was agreeable to the rematch and what happens next.  We also look at how Georges St. Pierre fits into this story.  We look at UFC disciplinary problems of the past, the background of how Diaz's UFC career has gone to date, as well as a blow by blow of Diaz's track record from 2006 to the present.  We also look at other major stars who have tested positive twice.

We've also got the background of what happened to Vince Russo, how it changes TNA, Russo's background with the company dating back to 2002 and why he left.

We also look at the 2013 WrestleMania and early plans, more Rock television appearances, Elimination Chamber updates and how the replacement for Randy Orton went down as well as a look at the Orton  injury.

We've got more on Rock's latest movie, as well as his next movie and notes on his movie career.  We've got more on Shawn Michaels and Undertaker appearances on Raw, a major internal shakeup in WWE including one of the highest-ranked executives with the company being let go this pats week.  We also look at how his link with WWE is being talked about in Rick Santorum's presidential campaign.

We look at the biggest WWE merchandise sellers, why some WWE stars were not booked to Abu Dhabi this past week, more on WWE's commitment to market a certain demographic based on their perception of the future of the business, and why the dates of WWE's return to Japan may not be the best.

We've also got more on Steve Austin's next movie, more on Legends House, Bury the Miz week in WWE, the next two live Smackdown on Syfy, John Cena and his wheels, a new DVD being released that will air classic WCW matches, and Linda McMahon's campaign.

We also have more on an MMA fighter copying a WWE star's finishing move, the new R-Truth character as well as WWE business notes from the past week and house show highlights from both the Abu Dhabi tour and the California tour.

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More On This Week's Observer: New Japan & TNA PPVs, WWE news and results, Jesse Sorensen updates, Mike Bernardo retrospective

We also look at Sunday's New Japan PPV from Osaka, the three title changes, background of new IWGP champion Kazuchika Okada, thoughts on the show, on Hiroshi Tanahashi's title reign and whether changing the title was a mistake or not.

We also have full coverage of Against All Odds, including the Jesse Sorensen injury and a health update, more on Taz not being on the show and commentary, the double-edge sword of Orlando and why they don't do more PPV shows outside the Impact Zone, as well as the booking, match-by-match coverage, poll results and star ratings for the show.

We also have a look at the career of Mike Bernardo, one of the biggest stars of the glory days of K-1, where he fit in, his feud with Peter Aerts and why he was one of the most famous and popular foreign athletes in Japan of the 90s and why his career ended the way it did.

We also have a look at how one cable company is looking at changing the way they offer the product, and the very significant affect this will have on both MMA and pro wrestling is more companies in an attempt to keep from losing customers, follow in this direction.

We also have ratings for all the national shows for the past week.  We also have how every segment on Raw and Impact did as far as gaining and losing viewers, as well as who did what in the key segments and who appeals to what.  

We also have our regular weekly features with results of all the major arena events around the world, as well as all the major TV show reviews.   

Also in this week's issue:

--A Hall of Famer gets financial backing and is trying to raid a major promotion to get talent

--CMLL's first major show of the year, the main event and angles building it

--Hall of Famer captures world title

--One of the best wrestlers in the world and his start date with CMLL

--Incredible partners tag team tournament

--A look at AAA's booking with the different factions

--Notes on Jeff Jarrett's return to AAA

--Notes on new stars AAA is grooming

--Update on AAA's first major show of the year, the Rey de Reyes show

--Dragon Gate USA offers bargain priced PPV show

--Next major Dragon Gate match in Japan

--Top two matches for the next NOAH big show

--Kensuke Office name change and first show under the new name

--Retirement of Japanese wrestler

--New factions and a heel turn in NOAH

--Interpromotional title match

--More notes on the folding of a promotion that was headed by a former WWE and ECW star

--Zero-One 11th anniversary main event

--Two Hall of Famers meet in March for the first time ever

--More on what may be the biggest indie show of the year involving major name U.S. talent

--Update on Batista

--Ultimate Warrior appears at a pro wrestling show for the first time in years

--A name to look out for as a potential pro wrestler or MMA fighter

--How the JBL character came to be

--One of biggest arenas in the country books a pro wrestling event next month, not for WWE or TNA

--Biography on one of the early world champions who set a longtime Madison Square Garden record gate

--Tribute to wrestler who passed away draws a number of former stars

--New markets that will be getting ROH TV

--New ROH big show notes

--Thoughts on recent ROH television

--Injured ROH star returns

--Real TNA numbers for England

--Hulk Hogan talks TNA and what is has, what it lacks and the mentality of the wrestlers

--Notes on the reaction to New York Giants star Brendan Jacobs and the two weeks worth of angles he shot

--How the Jacobs deal went down

--Update on Ring Ka King television and ratings

--TNA agent in a movie that gets released next week

--Sting talks about doing WrestleMania

--Daughter of longtime wrestling name wants to get into TNA's Knockouts division

--TNA house show notes

--TNA television for the next few weeks

--Notes on the TNA Victory Road PPV and Lockdown

--Gate numbers for Diaz vs. Condit

--Lorenzo Fertitta talks a number of big UFC fights over the next few months

--Notes on Ultimate Fighter Brazil and airing in the U.S.

--Final rating for UFC on FOX

--Why there is a four-hour PPV coming up

--Gina Carano's second leading role

--Notes on UFC's return to Japan

--Full details on the next UFC special on FOX as well as the competition that night

--More on Alistair Overeem's legal issues with Golden Glory and how much they are now asking for after the Lesnar fight

--ESPN magazine covers UFC when talking about greatest feuds in sports

--Top UFC star hinting retirement

--Rules in UFC on three round vs. five round main events

--Overeem joins new camp

--Fights added and fights that have fallen apart in the last week

--Details on the next season of Ultimate Fighter and the Faber vs. Cruz plans

--Something people may not have thought about regarding airing Ultimate Fighter live every Friday night

--One of the best athletes in sports contacts Dana White for marketing ideas

--Lots of title fights announced for Bellator's new season

--Reports regarding the future of Bellator's leading star

--The Bob Sapp indie pro wrestling and MMA update

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*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)

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*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)

*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)

*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)

*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)

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Friday News & Links

-- After TV last night, it's pretty clear they're doing Bobby Roode vs. Sting at Victory Road and then Roode vs. James Storm at Lockdown.

-- UFC on FUEL did 217,000 viewers, a new record for the station in terms of live events. No surprise. It did benefit from airing on a free preview weekend. Should be noted that Spike counter programmed with a Diego Sanchez marathon and did three times that number of viewers (674,000).

-- For UFC on Fuel picks, Mike Sempervive led the way at 5-0 with Dave, Todd Martin and Josh Nason at 4-1. Oliver Copp and Mike Sawyer were each 3-2.

-- Kassius Ohno, the former Chris Hero, debuted in the ring for FCW last night, losing to Xavier Woods and then beating him up afterwards. Woods is the former Consequences Creed from TNA. Jody Kristofferson, son of Kris Kristofferson, is in developmental under the name Garrett Dylan.

-- WWE has a new mobile game coming out next week called Wrestlefest.

-- Royal Rumble out on Blu-Ray February 28th.

-- LEGENDS HOUSE Facebook here.

-- Cool preview for DGUSA's Untouchable DVD here.

-- Blue Panther & Negro Casas formally signed their Caballera contra Caballera match for the big Dos Leyendas show at Arena Mexico on 3/2 at a press conference today that turned into a pull-apart brawl with BP tearing Negro's shirt almost off before being taken away. Thanks to Kris Zellner.

-- Smackdown tonight has a battle royal to determine the final entrant into the Elimination Chamber Sunday (replacing the concussed Randy Orton), Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus (kind of an odd match since, in theory, if Daniel retains at Elimination Chamber that could be a Mania main event), Epico & Primo vs. Usos, Wade Barrett & Cody Rhodes vs. Big Show & Great Khali, Hunico vs. Ted DiBiase in the TV feud that never ends, and Beth Phoenix & Natalya vs. Tamina & Alicia Fox.

-- This is the final week to order the replay of Urban Wrestling Federation THUG ASSASSINS on PPV. I had a review up in Figure Four Weekly several weeks ago if you want to check that out.

-- Diamond Dallas Page, the lead heel in the upcoming film PIZZA MAN (see trailer in the new VIDEO area) will be our guest on Figure Four Daily Tuesday.

-- Gary writes: On the replay of Raw here in the UK, during the Orton/Big Show match they edited out the botched RKO spot. As Orton was about to go for the original spot, they cut to a shot of Daniel Bryan at ringside then when they went back to the ring, it was to the retried spot (chokeslam/RKO/concussion spot).

-- A look at Larry's son Tim Zbyszko here.

-- Daniel Puder is now focusing on anti-bullying campaigns for kids. You can take a look at his latest project here. He's also got a new book out.

-- Podcasting and talent development, looking at Cliff Compton.

-- Preview here of a new Tommy Dreamer DVD, Sharing the Knowledge.

-- Malia Hosaka, 42, announced her retirement which makes me sad. She had worked in Tulalip Championship Wrestling for the last few years and I really wanted to have a match with her, but it never worked out. "It has been a great 25 years, and I am grateful to all the fans who have supported me through the years... but I am officially retired from the wrestling industry as of today. Thank you to all who supported, employed and believed in me through the years."

-- New video interviews with John Cena, Sheamus and HHH up here. The host decided these guys get asked wrestling questions all the time so it might be fun to ask them about pop culture instead. Oh yeah.

-- Really cool story here about CM Punk surprising a special fan.

-- PWX presents Rise of a Champion VII weekend on Friday Feb. 24 in York, SC at the YMCA feturing PWX Champ Rhett Titus, Caleb Konley, Cedric Alexander, and Corey Havoc in a Double Jeopardy Match; the Great Outdoors vs. Mark & Jay Briscoe; Adam Page vs. Roderick Strong. Then Saturday Feb. 25 in Charlotte, NC at the Naomi Drenan Rec Center featuring PWX Champ Rhett Titus defending against Roderick Strong and Cedric Alexander & Caleb Konley vs. Mark & Jay Briscoe. Tickets on sale at Belltime is 7:30pm for both shows.

-- WWE Hall of Famer Edge did this interview for 99.9 KISS Country in Asheville, NC this past Tuesday where he talked about living in Asheville, and briefly discussed retirement. He agreed to do a signing at the Asheville Mall in the Food Court for 5 dollars each on Friday, Feb 17, 2012, starting at 7pm to benefit the Missions Children Hospital. You can listen to it here.

-- What is the biggest show of March?
Strikeforce 3/3 Rousey vs. Tate 35.4%
UFC on FOX 3-2 Alves vs. Kampmann 10.5%
TNA Victory Road Sting vs. Roode 10.5%
ROH Anniversary show Edwards & Cole vs. O'Reilly & Richards 9.7%
All Japan Sumo Hall Akiyama vs. Muto 7.9%
ROH 3/30 Richards vs. Edwards vs Strong 6.5%
Dragon Gate USA Pac vs. Low Ki 5.1%
New Japan anniversary show Okada vs. Naito 4.7%
AAA Rey de Reyes 4.3%
CMLL Dos Leyendas 2.2%
Bellator Warren vs. Condit 1.8%
NOAH Morishima vs. Sugiura 1.4%

Predict the rating for Rousey vs. Tate
0.8 or less 25.0%
0.9 7.4%
1.0 12.2%
1.1 10.1%
1.2 10.1%
1.3 10.1%
1.4 4.7%
1.5 4.1%
1.6 3.4%
1.7 1.4%
1.8 2.7%
1.9 or more 10.8%

Should UFC bring Tim Sylvia back?
Yes 27.3%
No 72.7%

What did you think of UFC on Fuel?
Excellent 50.0%
Good 41.0%
Average 5.7%
Fair 1.6%
Poor 1.6%
44.5% of those responding didn't see the show. This is one of the best poll results for a TV show in our history.

-- SHIMMER Tag Team Champions Ayako Hamada & Ayumi Kurihara will put the belts on the line against former champions "Seven Star Sisters" Hiroyo Matsumoto & Misaki Ohata at the "Joshi 4 Hope III" event on February 22nd at Shinkiba 1st RING. Also featured on the card are SHIMMER competitors Kellie Skater, Tomoka Nakagawa, and Yumi Ohka.

-- George Clooney talks Stacy Kiebler, loneliness and drinking too much here.

-- WrestleMania's economic impact expected to be in the tens of millions of dollars

-- The debut Internet pay per view from Europe's all-female promotion PRO-WRESTLING: EVE is tomorrow. "No Man's Land: Sjodin vs Alpha" will air exclusively on Saturday, February 18th at 2pm Eastern (7pm UK).

-- Hernandez will be featured along with River City Wrestling on tonight's KABB newscast. KABB is the Fox affiliate for San Antonio, Texas. The newscast begins at 9 p.m. CST.

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